Hyperpigmentation: Treating Sun Damage

Posted on 18 Feb, 2020

Everyone loves to get as much sunshine as they can, yearning for that elusive golden tan and healthy glow. However, if you spend too much time in the sun, without taking proper care to protect your skin, you’ll find that the results are far from pleasant and can include burns, blisters, and of course hyperpigmentation which is usually a telltale sign of ageing and excess sun exposure. This is particularly more common in Asian and black African skin. Sun damage is one of the most common types of hyperpigmentation, yet most people rarely think about the long-term problems they are causing their skin.

How Sun Damage Can Happen

When you are in the sun, beyond the visible light you can see, you are also exposed to UV rays, which aren’t visible to the naked eye. UVA and UVB rays both reach the Earth, causing damage to your skin.

The first of these rays, UVA rays, can damage your skin even on the deepest layers, penetrating well into the dermis. The other harmful ray that can cause skin damage is UVB. This short-wavelength ray is what causes immediate damage in the form of sunburn. Even short exposure to these UV rays will cause premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer.

If you already display the visible signs of sun damage, then it is likely that you will want to tackle this, due to the unsightly nature of hyperpigmentation. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to treat this type of hyperpigmentation.

How You Can Treat Sun Damage

When it comes to treating sun damage, like with any form of pigmentation, you should seek the advice of skin professionals who have years of experience in treating this common issue. Our own staff here at The Laser Treatment Clinic, have decades of combined experience in effectively tackling hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, even on sensitive skin types and dark skin tones.

Our award-winning Derma White Treatment is a skin lightening procedure which can safely be used to treat hyperpigmentation, including sun damage. Not only will you notice that your skin is glowing just after one treatment, but after several sessions, areas of skin damage will be significantly improved. Depending on the severity of your sun damage, you will need multiple sessions spread out over several weeks to achieve the best results.

Once you have a personalised in-clinic treatment plan, you should invest in the right home care products to not only support the results of your hyperpigmentation treatments but also to prevent any further sun damage.